8 hot jobs to snag in 2012
8 hot jobs to snag in 2012

Job: High school teacher.
Average annual salary: $55,990.

The teaching ranks are being depleted by retiring baby boomers. This is making room for a new crop of teachers across America, particularly in high school classrooms.

Martin Yate, author of the “Knock ’em Dead” series of career management books, called teaching “meaningful work” that comes with good pay, stability and lots of vacation. Also, it’s a favorite occupation for experienced professionals who get laid off or seek a career change.

In all but a few states, if you have a bachelor’s degree, you can take a three-month course to learn how to be a teacher, work a stint as a student teacher and then pass a test to earn a teaching license in your respective state, according to the National Center for Education Information in Washington, D.C.